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Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska Announce Summer of Heroes Program to Honor Local Youth

Posted: May 10, 2014 - 11:01pm

Alaska Communications announced its fourth annual Summer of Heroes program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. The program recognizes five young Alaska heroes, plus one from the Employee Program, who are making a difference in Alaska communities. Each of the selected heroes will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship and a trip to the Alaska State Fair Aug. 24. The nomination period runs from May 1 to July 15. Alaska Communications will also celebrate Alaska’s young heroes in a series of events throughout the summer, including the Lefty Van Brunt Memorial Youth Baseball and Softball Camp, which will return for its third year.

In addition to recognizing local heroes, Alaska Communications will again donate $25 to Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, up to $15,000 total, for every smartphone sold between May 1 and July 15. Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska has lost millions of dollars in federal funding in the past several years due to the decline of federal grants, which have caused Clubhouses to close and affected the availability of resources. Alaska Communications will present its donation Sept. 14 at the Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska 32nd Annual Auction Gala.

“At Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska, we are able to give kids and teens mentorship from positive adult role models in a safe environment where they can learn and grow into future leaders of their communities,” said Alana Humphrey, CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska. “For the past three years, the Summer of Heroes program has helped extraordinary youth take one step closer to their goals. We’re thankful for the generous support that Alaska Communications provides to help these dreams become reality.”

Alaska Communications encourages parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and friends to nominate their young heroes. A hero can be any youth, ages 6 to 18, who has made a significant contribution to his or her community through acts of generosity, courage or achievement. Some examples of these acts include volunteering or raising significant funds for a worthwhile cause, accomplishing something extraordinary in school or in sports, or inspiring others to take action.

Last year, the 2013 heroes came from communities across Alaska, each with a unique and inspiring story. From raising funds to keep a rural village school open, to serving as a volunteer firefighter and emergency trauma technician, last year’s heroes all found special ways to make an impact locally.

“Alaska Communications takes great pride in investing in the future leaders of Alaska,” said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO. “Summer of Heroes and our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska helps us continue to support and strengthen programs that help youth succeed.”

Alaskans can nominate themselves or others by filling out and online nomination form and answering a series of short answer questions. The deadline for nominations is July 15. Visit the Summer of Heroes website for program rules and details about the nomination process.

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